Calne Trio in peak condition for triple summit trek challenge (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Calne Trio in peak condition for triple summit trek challenge
12:00am Friday 10th August 2012 in Calne
Three tough young men from Calne climbed Britain’s highest peak three times in less than 18 hours in aid of military charity Help for Heroes.
Matthew Bevan, 22, with friends Sam Chambers, 21, and 19-year-old Max Murphy embarked on the climbs up Ben Nevis last weekend.
Mr Bevan said: “I came up with the idea because I wanted to do something different and I’ve raised money for Help for Heroes before.
“Two of us want to go into the military, so it seemed fitting.
“We flew up last Thursday and had a practice walk on Friday, and then on Saturday at 3.30am we set off for the three walks. We managed to do all three summits in 17 hours and 21 minutes.
“We finished the first in 4 hours 21 minutes, but the times got longer as we got slower and more tired.”
Mr Bevan also embarked on his own solo fundraiser last year, cycling 74 miles.
The trio’s climbs took place at the same time as the Three Peak Challenge, giving them the chance to meet other keen adventurers. Mr Bevan, who wants to work with the Royal Air Force one day, said: “There were some people we bumped into on one way up and then again on another – some even sponsored us.
“We haven’t planned anything else yet, but we’re definitely going to do more to raise money.”
The challenge has so far raised more than £500 for Help for Heroes – a charity aiding serving members of the Armed Forces and their families – with internet donations, cash sponsors and selling charity wristbands.
To support Mr Bevan and his team visit www.bmycharity.